Ross Oden
Ross Oden
Height: 6-1
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Salisbury, N.C.
Position: Distance
Major: Chemistry
Last School: East Rowan HS

2011 Outdoor: Registered a time of 4:20.73 in the 1,500-meter April 2 at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala. … Crossed the 3,000-meter finish line in 9:23.36 at the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic in Cullowhee, N.C. March 26 … Posted a time of 33:41.39 in the 10,000-meter March 18 at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

2011 Indoor: Posted a time of 9:29.44 in the 3,000-meter Feb. 5 at the Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. … Recorded a time of 16:20.15 in 5,000-meter at the JRF Combined Events Invitational in Clemson, S.C. Jan. 28.

2010 XC: Registered a personal-best at the A-Sun Championship with a time of 26:45.59 for a 50th-place finish … Career record ranks 23rd in Upstate record books … Crossed the line in 27:28.53 to finish 35th at the Upstate Invitational Oct. 16 … Recorded a time of 27:31.10 at the Greater Louisville Classic Oct. 2 … Posted a time of 27:32 at the Eye Opener Sept. 5, coming in 48th … Finished in 27:52.76, taking 43rd at the Clemson meet Sept. 17.

Before USC Upstate: A 2010 cross country all-region honoree ... Hails from Salisbury, N.C. at East Rowan High School under coach Rick Roseman ... Joins the Spartans with a 4:43 1600m, 10:22 3200m and 16:19 5K.

Personal: Born on May 19, 1992 ... Son of Mark and Lorin Oden ... Has one brother, Brad ... Favorite food is beef stroganoff ... Favorite movie is "I, Robot" ... Lists "Ed, Edd and Eddy" as his favorite TV show ... Favorite actor is Will Smith ... Enjoys running and flying kites ... Favorite singing group is Rise Against ... Favorite song is "The Strength to Go On" by Rise Against ... Favorite book is "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown ... Favorite season is fall ... Favorite sports figure is Michael Jordan ... Favorite quote is "I've never let my schooling interfere with my education" by Mark Twain.